I decided to follow along with The Honey Pot Bee hosted by @Molli Sparkles. You may have heard about it. Basically, it's a virtual bee where two blocks will be shared each month. You can make both, make one or make none! Low key and low stress. I won't be making all of the blocks, but I was a bit smitten with these little berries!
|12" x 12" Berry Pillows|
The block is by @Skyberries Handmade, and the tutorial for it is available here: Strawberry Block.
I was for sure going with pink and went with solids because...well, I like solids! I ransacked my scraps and came up with 17 different shades of pinks. As I was picking the colors I thought it would be fun to add one little print...mixing it up, taking a chance, giving it a twist...just having fun!
The pink berry was so cute I had to make another one in blue. The plan for these two was going to be Mini Pillows for a couple who just bought their first house. A house warming gift. Not only that, they have a son and are expecting a daughter in a few months. Hence...pink and blue! (whammy #2)
With the blocks finishing at 7 1/2" x 10 1/2", I had to add borders around each side so they would fit my 12" pillow forms.
The quilting took very little time. Diagonal lines in the berry using coordinating thread, a little bit in the stem and leaves and 1/4" and 1/2" lines to frame each berry. Honestly, I wish I had played with FMQ here, but my other machine wasn't set up and I really wanted to keep going with these.
After the quilting I squared them up and searched high and low for the perfect backing fabric. It was a good way to use something from my stash and add just a little more pizazz!
It seems every time I make pillows I use the hidden zipper method from SOTAK Handmade, which I love to death! Even more so now that I glue baste the zipper before sewing it. Which brings me to Whammy #3! I decided to show you how I glue baste zippers in conjunction to the tutorial. I'll get that post together in a couple days.
Berries, fruit, pink...bee's! It seemed appropriate to me!
If I had a blue insect, it would be here! Instead a little frolicking puppy will have to do!
It wasn't until I got towards the end of finishing the pillows, I discovered I didn't have to extra forms like I had thought! After a few kicks in the behind and freely flying swears...my only option at the time was to make my own forms. I didn't want to stop progress and hey, that bag of polyfil from years ago...perfect!
They turned out adorable in my opinion! The size isn't going to make a statement on a couch, but the size is perfect for two little ones to toss around!
Here is the tutorial:: ZIPPER GLUE BASTING TUTORIAL
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